By Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruse is living his dream, working on the airship Aurora.  One day, they run into a dying air balloonist who utters last words of beautiful creatures.

Then, 2 years later, the answer to all of Matt’s questions boards the ship. Kate de Vries is the granddaughter of Benjamin Molloy, the air balloonist. On their journey to Australia, pirates rob them, and a storm sets them off course. Then they are forced to land on a mysterious island, which is where all the fun and adventure begins.

I like this book because it’s very adventurous and romantic at the same time. It made me want to curl up under a blanket and drink hot cocoa.


A 2005 Michael L Printz Honor Book (ALA) 

Winner of the 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

Winner of the 2004 Red Maple Award (OLA)

Check out the Airborn website: There are a lot of cool things there.